Multiple Group One-winning sprinter Nature Strip will not run in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington and instead will return to Sydney for his next start in the Group Two Challenge Stakes.
A couple of Queanbeyan mates will be travelling together before opposing one another in Saturday’s $75,000 TAB Highway (1000m) on a superlative Group racing day at Royal Randwick.
A good recovery following a gallop at Flemington in preparation for the Australian Guineas is what trainer David Vandyke has been looking for from stable star Alligator Blood.
Trainer David Smith is approaching Sunday’s $150,000 CDRA Country Championships Qualifier (1400m) at his home track of Mudgee with the somewhat bullish view that Bel Diablo is finally heading to Randwick.
Kiwi trainer Jamie Richards is banking on a dry Randwick track to help the chances of his smart filly Probabeel in the Group 1 $500,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.
Weights have been released for the $3 million Star Doncaster Mile and $2 million Schweppes Sydney Cup.
English trainer William Haggas believes he has the right horses in Addeybb and Young Rascal to make an impact in his first foray into Sydney racing.
It doesn’t bother jockey Tommy Berry that it’s been five weeks between runs for boom filly Cellsabeel.